Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)

Accessing medical care and starting medications in a timely manner are critical to treatment success. Patients who test positive for Influenza must start flu medication within 48-hours. Should a patient test positive, the pharmacy will contact the patient’s primary care physician for a prescription or assist the patient with a physician visit using telemedicine. POCT allows pharmacies to provide test results in as little as 10 minutes with the in-pharmacy analyzer.

Testing is available for the following conditions:

  • Influenza
    • Tests for both Influenza-A & Influenza-B
    • Simple nasal swab collection
  • Strep-A
    • Simple throat swab collection

Value Drug provides resources to assist the pharmacy with the process of starting the POCT program. This includes the CLIA Waiver process, policies and procedures, staff training, and basic record-keeping required by individual states.